The owner trotted proudly with their pedigree pooches parading the canines’ shiny styled fur and that’s not all. The pooches are highly trained and are able to perform tricks to entertain the audiences and the judges. To me, they are all the pageant’s stars.
After the show ended, I wondered what these dogs are really like in their daily lives. Do they ever play in the mud and let their shiny fur matted? Do they train everyday or do they let loose and chase their own tails?
What are we like when nobody’s watching us? The Pharisees displayed many ‘right’ attitudes in the public. Those attitudes will win men’s approval but not God’s. HE focuses on what we are like inside; the real us when no one else is watching.
HE will never ask us to compete for the winning title “Pageant Star”. HE will not judge us according to our behavior and outward appearances. Let’s focus on what really matters and not live for men’s approvals but God’s.
1 Samuel 16:7
The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.